With more than 45 events across the borough
The festival, which runs May 6-22, has something for everyone including spoken word performances, theatre, visual arts, dance and exhibitions by visiting and local artists.
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and try something new plus the chance to see inside some of Wandsworth’s most unusual venues.
The festival’s final event - The Shimmy – is an afternoon of eclectic outdoor arts activities along the riverfront in Putney on May 22. This year more local people are being asked to get involved with the event and to help decorate the area with butterflies. For more information visit the council’s website or contact the arts team.
The Arts Festival, supported by funding from Arts Council England and sponsored by Southside Shopping Centre and St. James, invites artists into the borough to work with local groups as well as supporting local organisations to create new work. For the first time this year an advisory group of local organisations and artists has worked with the council’s arts team to help develop the programme.
Wandsworth arts spokesman Cllr Sarah McDermott said:
“This year’s programme is the most exciting yet – there really is something for everyone so make sure you take a look at what’s on offer and scribble some dates in your diary.
“Each year the festival proves a terrific platform for local artists to exhibit their work and for residents and visitors to discover the wonderful variety of talent we have working here in Wandsworth.”
The festival launch will be held on Friday 6 May with Jean 'Binta' Breeze pictured right, performing her specially commissioned festival poem at Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth Town. Arts and education charity Action Space will also be exhibiting their work and children from Smallwood Primary School will be teaching origami techniques.
Other festival highlights include:
The festival brochure, which includes detailed times and venue information, is now available at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/artsfestival and will be in libraries and other local venues from April.
April 7, 2011